Tonight I found Paramahansa Yogananda’s Prayer for Peace posted on the website of the Self Realization Fellowship, the organization he founded. I recorded it on my SanDisk (similar to an iPod only cheaper) and took it into the other room for meditation. I find it difficult to meditate in this room due to electromagnetic frequencies from the computer. I went out into the living room and listened to the blessed prayer I’d recorded, then was inspired to chant “Om Shanti” for a time. I highly recommend it as an enlightening heart-love experience that envelops the world. This kind of strong joyful peace-giving emotion of love directed at world leaders, and at every world citizen, can truly make changes in this world.
My fascination with Paramahansa Yogananda is recent. I woke up about two weeks ago with a clear memory of seeing Paramahansa Yogananda in my dream. He approached me twice to say something, I’m not sure what. He uttered a sound, somewhat harshly I thought, and pointed at me forcefully. As I said, it happened twice. I don’t know what he said because my waking mind couldn’t bear it, I guess. But ever since then I’ve been in a rush to gain yogic wisdom from Paramahansa Yogananda himself, and from other sources who I may name in another post. I’ve found some amazing spiritual teachers online!
I recall that much earlier in my life I was enthralled by reading a blessed book, The Path of the Masters: The Science of Surat Shabd Yoga The Yoga of the Audible Life Stream. It was given to me by my librarian at a continuation high school I attended. She was a devotee of Sant Mat. She also introduced me to Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse, and invited me to her home for a vegetarian dinner. I’m not sure whether I became vegetarian before or after I met her, but it has been my preference for many years. I remember being seventeen at the time I met her, and seventeen when I became a vegetarian. Maybe she took an interest in me because I told her I intended to be vegetarian, or was starting to be one. (I’m fifty-six now, so you’ll understand why I can’t remember the details. That was thirty-nine years ago!)
About that time I also heard about Paramahansa Yogananda’s most famous work, Autobiography of a Yogi. I feel a tad bit frustrated with myself for not reading it then! But right now I have a copy and am reading it – and find it to be easily understood and fascinating. He tells his story in a way that keeps the pages turning. There’s nothing here that’s too difficult for an average human to understand.
In my search for yogic wisdom I came across a great website – GurusFeet – which provides social networking for all people following or looking for a guru. I’ve also written about my search for gurus online at the Squidoo site. I will be updating that page as I learn more and have time for updates.
If you go to GurusFeet.Com you can find my page here: LindaJM – I hope you’ll connect with me there!
About MeHi there, I'm Linda Jo Martin, a spiritual seeker and writer living in the Klamath River Valley in Northern California.
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